Morton, Gilman boot McDonogh's streak

Senior's field goal nets 17-14 win, tie for `A' title

Football

High Schools

November 11, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Having pulled a muscle in his right leg on Thursday, Gilman place-kicker Tilghman Morton got the nod to play only seconds before yesterday's game at McDonogh.

And the senior took full advantage, his 37-yard field goal with a second left giving Gilman a 17-14 victory. By ending No. 1 McDonogh's 19-game winning streak, the Greyhounds clinched a tie with the Eagles for Gilman's fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.

Ambrose Wooden had 87 rushing yards and 112 passing, mostly to Stan White (seven receptions, 71 yards), whose 12-yard reception set up Morton's third field goal of the year. Gilman (3-1 league, 6-4 overall) leads the series, 51-30-5.

FOR THE RECORD - In another Sunday high school article, Marlon White was listed as having a sack for McDonogh's football team. White plays for Gilman. Aaron Friedman had one sack for McDonogh. The Sun regrets the error.

"There's no better way to end a career," said Morton, who kicked two extra points and two touchbacks yesterday. The feeling, Morton said, was better than when he threw last fall's game-winning touchdown pass against DeMatha. "The angle, far right, is tough for a left-footer like me. It went off kind of weird, but I'll take it."

Gilman led 14-0 at halftime. Wooden rushed eight times for 54 yards in a game-opening, 19-play, 80-yard scoring drive that consumed 9:56 and ended with his 20-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Triplin. Gilman regained possession at McDonogh's 14 after E.J. Hamilton (115 yards, 27 carries) fumbled from a hit by Nathan Hummel and White recovered to set up Malcolm Ruff's 2-yard touchdown run seven plays later.

All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year Joe Benson (9-for-17, 108 yards, two touchdowns) twice returned from neck injuries to nearly lead McDonogh to victory. Benson's scoring passes of 3 and 8 yards, respectively, to Eddie Dolch (four receptions, 42 yards) and Scott Robinson tied the game with 2:31 to play.

Benson was in a defender's grasp, his back to the end zone at Gilman's 15, when he turned and spotted Dolch. "You can never count Joe out. I knew he'd make something happen," said Wooden. "But we wanted it more and came out on top."

McDonogh (3-1, 9-1) had other chances. A holding penalty nullified Benson's scoring pass to Dave Ginsberg. Daren Ohiokpehai seemed to have scored on his 37-yard interception return but was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at Gilman's 4. And the Greyhounds' defense had a goal-line stand at the 1.

"We moved the ball the whole second half," said Benson, who will play lacrosse, not football, at Johns Hopkins. "We lost to a helluva team, the best 6-4 team I've ever seen."

Leading Gilman's defense were White (sack, fumble recovery), and, with a sack each, Luke Wilson, Victor Abiamiri and Glenn Rivers. For McDonogh, Geoff Miller (one sack, one fumble recovery), Sam Coe (one interception, one sack), Travis Holmes (fumble recovery) and, with a sack each, Shomari Taylor and Marlon White, played well. Cameron Goldberg broke up a pass.

Football pairings, The state tournament begins Friday. Pairings are tentative; times are to be determined.

Class 4A

No. 8 Damascus at No. 1 Roosevelt; No. 5 Broadneck at No. 4 Gaithersburg; No. 6 Bowie at No. 3 Patterson; No. 7 Old Mill at No. 2 Meade.

Class 3A

No. 8 Westlake at No. 1 Seneca Valley; No. 5 Urbana at No. 4 Gwynn Park; No. 6 Richard Montgomery at No. 3 Randallstown; No. 7 Annapolis at No. 2 Patuxent.

Class 2A

No. 8 Eastern Tech at No. 1 Hereford; No. 5 City at No. 4 Potomac; No. 6 Middletown at at No. 3 Glenelg; No. 7 Wicomico at No. 2 Joppatowne.

Class 1A

No. 8 Oakland Mills at No. 1 Forest Park; No. 5 Boonsboro at No. 4 Snow Hill; No. 6 Rising Sun at No. 3 Elkton; No. 7 Southern-Garrett at No. 2 Allegany.

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